Sunday, 7 November 2010

My Weekend at Home


Ever since we've moved into the homestead {the term our family and friends use when talking about the house} we just don't seem to want to leave. Weekends are spent here with lots of family and friends dropping in for a swim and for lunch. This weekend was no different. Whilst pottering around the homestead this morning I rearranged some of my blue and white things in the cabinet in our kitchen. I must say I think I really am turning into my mother now...should I be concerned? I haven't used one bit of pink in this cabinet which is such a refreshing change for me.



Whilst Brad was standing in the kitchen this morning preparing lunch for our friends I couldn't stop looking at his navy check shorts and immediately made the decision to get our new dining chairs made in navy and white check. I have been trying to decide on a fabric for our new dining chairs for a while so now, based on Brad's shorts, the decision has been made!



We seem to have a standard menu for kid's at the homestead....sausages on bread with tomato sauce. It's so easy and it seems that most children will eat sausages on a bread roll.



Whilst enjoying a bit of sunshine around the pool today I also enjoyed looking at my orchids which have just bloomed.


I also tried to enjoy a few moments reading one of my gardening books around the pool but Ned just wouldn't leave me alone.



It seemed that all he wanted was my hat.



Ever since we have started swimming in the pool over the last few weeks Ned has been angling at diving in and today he did it. He dived in and then we just couldn't stop him from diving in. It was very funny, I must say.

How was your weekend?
xo
Anna

46 comments:

hello*lucky*holly said...

What a gorgeous weekend! Love your hat too! Where did you buy it?

How was my weekend? I won tickets to Oprah's show in Australia, pretty exciting.

Kimberlee said...

What a fabulous weekend Anna - we aren't enjoying hot enough weather down here for that kind of outdoor fun.

Tell Brad he better hold onto his shorts, he may end up sitting on them rather than wearing them!

Gorgeous sneak look at your kitchen Anna x

hello*lucky*holly said...

Not to worry, found your gorgeous hat online!

Simone - honeyandfizz said...

Sounds like a gorgeous weekend. So lovely to have a home everyone wants to be at! xx
PS - Your orchids are beautiful!

Kerri said...

At long last, Spring has arrived here in Brisbane! Love the kitchen, and that Ned of yours is too delicious for words. Isn't it nice to have a weekend of pottering and zhushing - my favourite pastime! K xx

La Petite Gallery said...

Your kitchen is lovely. Love the blue and white dishes.
I am still swooning over the
Oncidiums. I have one and hope it blooms. As for the pooch, I'll take him anytime..what a darling face.
Well, enjoy your home and have a good Sunday. yvonne

Jenny said...

Sounds like a fun weekend to me. Love the blue and white china arrangement. ;-)

mydesignchic said...

Adore blue and white in a kitchen - it's beautiful!! I'm envious of your swimming and enjoying the warm weather...it's too cold for that in NC...

Fru R. said...

Greetings from a cold Norway. It seems so nice to have warm weather... You have a nice blog.

Greetings from Mette

Louie said...

Love your cabinet with the blues and whites. And yes the checks on the shorts would look sooooo good as a lounge:-) I love check lounges with floral cushions.
I think it is nice to finally make decisions on larger items for the house.
Glad you had a lovely weekend. Your photos are so summery.

jules @ The Diversion Project said...

sounds like a perfect weekend. and love the choice of blue + white check for the chairs, will look sensational.

LRC said...

Sounds so relaxing and wonderful! I love the blue buffalo plaid(?) on B.'s shorts. I think it's a wonderful idea!

Loretta Fontaine (APPLESandRUBIES) said...

Anna- So lovely! That you'll look at those finished dining chairs and always remember your husband's backside- those little things made design so much fun. And brave Ned is sweet, even dripping wet.

If you would like, visit my new blog APPLESandRUBIES? I'm giving away a pair of my earrings this week could sneak them off to you in an ex-pat's luggage if you won...

Best to you,
Loretta

Moxie Maley said...

Don't you love the weekends at home?! Looks like you are having a great one, and the weather looks gorgeous too (and your dog is adorable!) Happy weekend!

Mandi Smith T said...

Fall is just getting started here; and when I read your blog, I am already missing summer! We are starting to wake up to 30ish temp and I have pulled out the apple cider, etc. I have you on my blogroll. It helps me imagine summer. Just love your posts.
We live in Birmingham, Alabama and I can't even imagine growing orchids in the ground! Also, your blog reminds me of my honeymoon. We spent time in Sydney, on Hayman Island and in Brisbane. It was such a wonderful trip. Would love to return someday! Have a wonderful week. www.interiordesignmusings.blogspot.com
Mandi Smith T

tiziana - the t time said...

it's really nice to look at these pictures from italian autumn :)

C said...

Aw, Ned is irresistable! The blue and white checks would play off perfectly with your gorgeous chinese pots too.

Have a lovely week!

Tia Zoldan said...

oh you are so lucky to be enjoying the summer...my favorite time of year!have a lovely weekend Anna!xx
Tia

Natasha said...

Anna... Should you be worried about turning in to your mother??? Well, no... BUT I am worried about the lack of Pink though ;)!

Looking forward to see what your dining chairs will look like. Thank you for the glimse into your new private homestead...

Northern Light

Concrete Jungle said...

It does look like the move was a VERY good one for all!
Enjoy!

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

Oh Anna, this is paradise.
When will you unveil a stunning coffee table book of this wonderful life?
We're waiting with baited breath.
Alcira

thenerochronicles.blogspot.com

Tricia Rose said...

Sounds like a wonderful weekend!

I had a tiny two-seater sofa in a corner of my kitchen in London, covered in Ian Mankin's big blue-and-white check, and I was totally in love with it. I still have an apron made from the leftover - wish I had the sofa...

Modern Country Lady said...

Hi Anna, sounds like a lovely weekend !
Love the blue- and white plates, nice to see another addict of blue and white china !!
I have mine hanging all over the walls in my kitchen- check up on my blog
http://moderncountrylady.blogspot.com/
and you can have a peek -when you look at see at the bottom of the blog under " Modern Country lLady " team members !!
We bought a new car ( Toyota Selice ) so that was a bit exciting - not for me but for my other half so he can race around at his hearts content.
Then we had a lovely family Sunday
Lunch- Roast beef and Yorkshire Pudding - and had my father- in - law over- he loved it.
So overall- pretty good !

jewelry without jewels said...

I just blogged about your kitchen! I'm in L.O.V.E! :)

Cindy said...

Our weekend has been wonderful as well, although not over yet since we are only halfway through Sunday here in the American Mid-Atlantic.

My husband and I recently purchased a new home after years of living in a townhouse and this new place has become "the place to be" among our friends, much like yours. We are unique in that we have an acre at the end of a tidal creak and most of our friends live in the city or north of town. I get numerous calls a week from friends who need a little getaway.

Now, if only we can get some of them to help us rake leaves because they are really coming down this time of year!

Just kidding, but then again ...

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Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

Loving Brad's navy checked shorts! Hope you had a fab weekend!

Sarah Elizabeth said...

Love the blue and white.

I've just spent the weekend harvesting olives and my muscles are aching. I think I need a weekend hanging around in the sun by the pool!

Bella said...

Sounds like a fabulous weekend! Ned is adorable and I love the idea of doing your dining room chairs in that blue and white check. Love your blue and white dishes, too.

doug @ tracery interiors said...

I want those shorts.

Maria said...

I love your kitchen, especially your cutlery holder! I think I've seen a similiar one at Whiteport?

Ann said...

Ned is SO gorgeous. I rather imagine he'd like a sausage in bread too... our retrievers always loved water too. And food!

Ann said...

Good to know you had a wonderful weekend.

You know what they say that girls eventually turn out exactly like their mothers, true for me, in a good way:)

kevly said...

Hello
I spent a couple of hours yesterday doing a very quirky, very 'farmy' thing:

I lay in the paddock with my husband, very very still, allowing the inquisitive cows and calves to sniff, lick and chew on whatever they could - hats, shoes, hair, even an elbow!

It was a very magical experience, one, i think, that we will try to repeat someday.

k.

Carolyn said...

I spent my weekend in Byron - it was beautiful.

Your house looks fantastic Anna - can you show us more??

Carolyn

jlonit said...

I always love sneak peaks at your new house.

Ned is looking very handsome.

vignette design said...

Great post! Love seeing your homestead. We have a second home too and it's so much fun to have friends and family up for the weekend.
Love the idea of navy checks for the chairs!

Laura Casey Interiors said...

Ned is so adorable! Looks like you had a fantastic weekend. Can't wait to see how your dining chairs turn out. Congrats on Ivy & Piper!

Krissy said...

Reading your entry about the pool and warmth made me feel warm and happy. lol I'm in New York which is getting freezing rain and crappy weather...I'd love to move near where you are and enjoy the sunny swim weather. I can't wait for our summer again!

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Kelly @ JAX does design said...

You just never know where you're going to find design inspiration :-)

Love the picture of Ned wearing your hat :-) We have a Lab, and we can't keep her out of the water - even if it's just a puddle, she has to jump into it!

Kelly

Mariana said...

Sounds like a lovely weekend, Anna!
That pool seems like the perfect place to hang out.

cheers from Argentina!

Mariana

Louise (Table Tonic) said...

That, Anna, is one beautiful life you've got yourself.
Enjoy it.
x

Yer Cinnamon Girl said...

Sounds like a lovely weekend. I love your work and Ned is so good looking with your hat!

ublanks03 said...

Sounds like a perfect piece of heaven!

Mammamusing said...

I'm jealous of your blue and white china collection!

A pool looks like the perfect place to hang out.

fromblank said...

cute photos!

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